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Sweetwater in Monroe County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Longstreet Encampment

 
 
Longstreet Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Santee, circa October 2016
1. Longstreet Encampment Marker
Inscription. In mid to late 1863, Sweetwater was a supply and staging area for the Confederacy. It was the last secure depot on the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad, south of the Union lines. In November 1863, General Longstreet, with 15,000 men, camped here for four days to provision, prior to his siege of Knoxville in early December 1863.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number IF-41.)
 
Location. 35° 35.922′ N, 84° 28.086′ W. Marker is in Sweetwater, Tennessee, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of South High Street and Williams Street, on the right when traveling west on South High Street. Click for map. Marker is on grounds of Sweetwater Teacher Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 318 S High St, Sweetwater TN 37874, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sweetwater Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Tennessee Overhill Experience (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tennessee Meiji Gakuin High School 1989-2007 (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Great Craighead Cave (approx. 4.8 miles away); Lost Sea (approx. 4.9 miles away); Affair at Philadelphia (approx. 6.5 miles away); Battle of Philadelphia (approx. 6.7 miles away); Niota Depot (approx. 7.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sweetwater.
 
Regarding Longstreet Encampment. After a very long trek to Sweetwater, Longstreet's men found very little of the promised supplies there. This meant there was not enough food or clothing for the coming winter.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Julie Santee of Sweetwater, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 649 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on , by Julie Santee of Sweetwater, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 10, 2017.
 
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